Breaks in the Weather Get Anglers Back in Business

Caption: Club Member Judy Grills of Inverell with a lovely salmon taken trolling a silver spinner in the lower Merimbula Lake channel.

The Clubs next major event is the ever popular Tri Estuary Challenge to be held next week end 21 & 22 November. The Tri Estuary is open to all comers and they may fish in all or any of our three main estuaries; Bega, Merimbula and Pambula for a total of more than 30 prizes. There are four fish species eligible for prizes bream , dusky flathead , trevally and tailor. Naturally MBGLAC supports catch and release angling with prizes based on DPI brag mat photographs of fish length. Due to Covid-19 restrictions briefing and entries will be held at the Clubhouse on Friday evening 20 November commencing 4.00pm till 7.00pm. Entries and briefing will be done in batches of 20 to fit the club’s social distancing set-up. So we ask for all to come early and to be patient. Full details on the Club’s Website Commensurate with Covid-19 restrictions entry fees have been halved this year to $25 per person with juniors free entry when accompanied by an adult.

Boaters leaving and entering the Merimbula Lake need to be especially careful now as there is shallow sand bar directly out from the green starboard marker at the lake entrance and last weekend there were some boats stuck on the bar. We again advise that the Merimbula entrance is changing rapidly and boaters need to be extra cautious. At present Marine Rescue Merimbula cannot respond outside of 3 hours of high tide.

A few days of more settled weather has seen boaters able to get outside and amongst the flathead. Try off Bithrys, Kianniny, Bournda Island and Tura Headland. Best results from about 18-20 fathoms. Some good snapper have reported from the inside of Horseshoe Reef near Haycock and also at Boyds Tower out of Eden. In the same areas, some big gummy sharks have excited local anglers. Best bait salmon and pilchards as well as soft plastics and micro jigs.

Inshore best results are coming from Australian salmon, the channels at Merimbula and Pambula are both productive. Simple silver spinners trolled give good results. Kingfish are reported together with the salmon in the Merimbula Channel. It is probably now the time for big kingfish to frequent the Merimbula Fishing Platform.

The waters of the lakes are warming and tailor, trevally, bream and dusky flathead are now on the chew. Silver spinners for the tailor, soft plastics will entice the rest. Dusky flathead have graced the shallows of the lower lake at Merimbula and good fish have been taken on soft plastics at Mitchies and Beach Street.

Soft plastics are a must for good results in all three estuaries, Bega, Merimbula and Pambula. Available are good salmon, trevally, dusky flathead and bream. With the warming water we are also getting some good whiting and an occasional flounder.

The MBGLAC Club Room will be open on Friday evening, commencing 6.30pm. Attendance is currently limited to 20 persons due to social distancing rules. All bookings & enquires to Peter Haar 0417 021 066. MBGLAC Membership application, Membership renewal and everything you need to know about local fishing is available on the Club’s website.

Keep your rods bent!